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North Bay Children’s Center gala attendees (from left) Denise Lucy, Francoise Lepage and Melissa Ahern. Photo courtesy of North Bay Children’s Center/Stuart Lirette

North Bay Children’s Center raised more than $400,000 at its 35th annual fundraising benefit, “A Night in Tuscany!” More than 300 guests made their way through the historic 1913 farmstead of the Gambonini Family Ranch in Petaluma on May 4. Attendees enjoyed specialty cocktails, fine wines and bites provided by local artisans and Park Avenue Catering. Located in the hills of Sonoma County, the Gambonini Family Ranch combines the historic farmstead property with a modern flare. Guitarist Alec Furhman provided live entertainment while supporters cast their bids on a variety of wines, restaurants, experiences and other collectibles. Presenters included columnist Noah Griffin, former Novato mayor and Chief Service Officer Josh Fryday and Senate President Pro Tempore Mike McGuire as the evening’s auctioneer. All three presenters touched on the nonprofit’s safety net services provided for the community’s most vulnerable children. Marin County Supervisor Eric Lucan received the 2024 Champion for Children Award for his significant contributions to the health and welfare of children and their families throughout the North Bay. By the end of the evening, more than $400,000 was raised to support North Bay Children’s Center early childhood programs. The organization serves more than 650 children at 14 locations located in Marin and Sonoma counties. For more information, visit nbcc.net.

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